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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Verdadero true to form

SAN JOSE de Buenavista, Antique—Vereuel Verdadero snatched two more gold medals from the track, as the National Capital Region (NCR) juggernaut could no longer be denied of another dominating performance in the 60th Palarong Pambansa on Thursday. Verdadero transformed the Binirayan Sports Complex into his own playground, winning the secondary...

Celtics gain 3-2 lead

By Jimmy Golen / The Associated Press BOSTON—The Celtics and Bulls found another thing to argue about after Game Five of their spirited first-round playoff series: Was Avery Bradley more impressive on offense, or on defense? “Everyone knows he’s a good defender. Tonight, he got his offensive game going,” Chicago’s Dwyane Wade...
OKLAHOMA CITY—Russell Westbrook made it perfectly clear in his record-setting season that he can do pretty much anything on a basketball court. But he can’t do everything. Westbrook’s impressive effort this year included the National Basketball Association record for triple-doubles in a season with 42, breaking the mark Oscar Robertson set in 1962....
OAKLAND, California—Golden State Warriors General Manager Bob Myers fully expects Steve Kerr to find a solution to his debilitating health issues and return to the bench without being forced out of coaching altogether because of complications from two back surgeries. It just might not be right away. “What he’s facing is...
THE “Worldwide Leader in Sports”, as ESPN brands itself, laid off scores of journalists and on-air talent on Wednesday, showing that even the most formidable media kingdom was vulnerable to the transformation upending the sports broadcasting industry as more and more people turn away from cable television. Among the prominent...

Victorious comeback

By Eric Willemsen / The Associated Press STUTTGART, Germany—Looking relieved, Maria Sharapova went through her familiar routine of waving to the crowd and blowing kisses after winning her first match on her return from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday. The five-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 beat Roberta Vinci,...
SAN JOSE de Buenavista, Antique—Calabarzon’s Veruel Verdadero and Eastern Visayas’s Bianca Jane Combate struck like lightning on another hot and humid day in the 60th Palarong Pambansa to crown themselves as prince and princess of sprint on Wednesday. Not even a 40-degree reading could stop the two athletes from finally snaring...

Rockets advance

By Kristie Rieken / The Associated Press HOUSTON—The Houston Rockets are headed to the Western Conference semifinals after using strong defense and a balanced scoring attack to overcome another big game by Russell Westbrook and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder with a 105-99 victory in Game Five on Tuesday night. James Harden...
SAN ANTONIO—The Spurs turned to their “grandpa” for the lift their young stars have struggled to provide in the past two games. Manu Ginobili hit the court, literally, providing an early spark that helped carry San Antonio to a 116-103 victory over Memphis. Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and the Spurs...

Bulldogs foil Tams

NATIONAL University (NU) barged into the championship round for the fifth straight year as the Bulldogs survived a stubborn Far Eastern University (FEU) side, 23-25, 25-20, 15-25, 25-21, 15-11, in their no-tomorrow semifinals showdown in Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s volleyball action on Wednesday...

Folayang fever

I DIDN’T start out as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fan. But after last Friday’s ONE: Kings of Destiny Fight Night, I became one. The first lightweight title defense of reigning champ Eduard Folayang of Baguio’s mythic Team Lakay turned out to be one effusive outpouring of support and adulation...
The Power Smashers will be relying on tried and tested Thai imports when they take a crack at the title in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference beginning Sunday at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan City. Amporn Hyapha and Kannika Thipachot have been training with the local...

‘Battle of Brisbane’

BRISBANE, Australia—Manny Pacquiao has had bigger, more significant fights while compiling world titles in an unprecedented eight divisions. The 38-year-old senator from the Philippines may not have fought in front of a bigger crowd, though, than what promoters are predicting for Pacquiao’s “Battle of Brisbane” on July 2 against Jeff...

Records, heavy rains fall

SAN JOSE de Buenavista, Antique—Records fell in swimming and javelin throw and so did unexpexted heavy rains that provided cool relief after two days of the Palarong Pambansa Antique is hosting for the first time at the Binirayan Sports Complex. National Capital Region (NCR) continued its onslaught in the 60th...
PORTLAND, Oregon—Stephen Curry had 37 points before sitting out the final quarter as the Golden State Warriors welcomed back teammate Kevin Durant with a 128-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night to sweep their first-round playoff series. The Warriors advanced to the conference semifinals, where they’ll face...
FAR Eastern University (FEU) and National University (NU) clash in a no-tomorrow semifinals showdown for the last Finals berth of Season 79 University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s volleyball action on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. The do-or-die showdown is set at...
THE fund-raising exhibition series featuring members of the national volleyball pool, dubbed “Clash of Heroes”, will not push through on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City. Organizers decided to postpone the opening matches for May 15 in the same venue to some of the national...
JEFF HORN was barely 12 years old when Manny Pacquiao turned boxing professional 21 years ago. Seventeen years later, they will battle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown. That will be on July 2, when Pacquiao defends his crown—one of 11 world titles he has amassed in more than two...
By Michael Marot / The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS—LeBron James stuck to the old script on Sunday. Again, he bailed out the Cleveland Cavaliers. And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation. On yet another milestone day for basketball’s king, James’s crowning achievement was making the go-ahead three-pointer with one minute and...

Playing through tears

CHICAGO—Isaiah Thomas is playing through tears after the death of his sister, drawing strength from the rest of the Boston Celtics. They found another gear in Chicago. Thomas scored 33 points, and the Celtics beat the Bulls, 104-95, on Sunday to level their first-round playoff series at 2-all. “Mentally and emotionally, I’m...
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